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Anthony Weiner sentenced in sexting case

Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner exits federal court in Manhattan after pleading guilty in sexting case on May 19 in New York City. Weiner, who resigned from Congress over a sexting scandal, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexting a minor, according to the New York Daily News.

'Rock bottom'

The former Democratic lawmaker — who previously caused controversy by sexting adult women under aliases including “Carlos Danger” — admitted to sending graphic images of himself to a 15-year-old girl. According to Bloomberg, as part of his plea agreement, he will surrender his iPhone and register as a sex offender.

Bloomberg reported that in court Monday, Weiner called the crime his personal “rock bottom.”

“I was a very sick man for a long period of time, but I am responsible for the damage I have done,” he said. “I have no excuse.”

In a recent letter to the court, Weiner, 53, asked for leniency in his sentence, writing, “My regret for my crime is profound.”

Weiner has until Nov. 6 to surrender to his designated facility. His lawyer has requested a low-security prison near New York or Schuylkill Federal Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania.

Previous scandals

Weiner’s latest sexting scandal impacted the 2016 presidential election. Former FBI Director James Comey re-opened an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, citing emails the FBI discovered on Weiner’s laptop amid a sexting probe. Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, was a top aide to Clinton.

Abedin announced her separation from Weiner following reports he sent lewd images to a woman while lounging in bed beside the couple’s young son.

Weiner’s previous sexting scandals resulted in his resignation from Congress and derailed a New York City mayoral bid.

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